Springboks

BaaBaas call up Lions trio for Bok clash

2016-10-28 12:11
Akker van der Merwe (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Barbarians have called up three Lions forwards for their matches against South Africa, the Czech Republic and Fiji next month.

READ: BaaBaas beef up squad for duel with Boks

Akker van der Merwe (hooker), Kwagga Smit (flank) and Ruan Ackermann (loose forward) will join the Barbarians in London next week.

This follows after it was revealed on Thursday that Cheetahs fullback Clayton Blommetjies would join the Barbarians.

Several Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby players are also in the squad, which will be finalised later on Friday.

After taking on the Springboks at Wembley, the Barbarians play the Czech Republic in Prague on November 8, before facing Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on November 11.

The Barbarians take on South Africa for eighth time since 1952 and lead the series 4-3 after victories in 2007 and 2010.

The 125 year-old club won 26-20 in 2010 when tries from Australia’s Drew Mitchell (2), James O’Connor and Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys secured victory.
 
In 2007 the Barbarians were the first side to beat the newly-crowned World Champions with a 22-5 win that saw Australia’s Matt Giteau and Rocky Elsom, and Wales’s Martyn Williams touch down.

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